This post is meant to illuminate the debate around Common Core and its implementation. Add to it by sharing your perspective in the comments.
The world of American politics has never been afraid of intruding into the education system, but the debate about Common Core is heating up and making for some strange political bedfellows. Voices on the right fear losing local control, while some on the left are unhappy with the amount of testing involved. Common Core advocates say the new standards will improve student readiness and global competitiveness..
At the same time, a PDK/Gallup poll demonstrated that most Americans either don't know about the new Common Core State Standards (CCSS) or understand it.
What does it all mean and how will CCSS impact our classrooms? I hope to help answer these questions by pointing to key resources that explain the debate, clear up the persistent myths, and provide an opportunity for teachers, parents, and administrator to share their experiences implementing the new standards.
First the resources:
- Smithsonian.com provides a good overview of What to Make of the Debate Over Common Core.
- ASCD clears up some common misconceptions with their Policy Points: Common Core State Standards, Myths and Facts.
- ASCD also has useful state-by-state information: Common Core Standards Adoption by State.
- There are some initial stories from the teaching trenches via the Hechinger Report: Common Core (7 States in Depth).
- Don’t see what you need? Check out our Resources for Understanding the Common Core State Standards for a more substantive list of links.
Now it's your turn. What's it been like implementing Common Core where you are? How are the students responding? Is there something you need that you're not getting? Share your experiences with us.